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SIUE Recaps Successful Red & Black Gala

Red & Black Gala
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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The generosity and support for SIUE Athletics at the inaugural Red & Black Gala was on display as officials announced that revenue for the event was more than $96,000.

"I am pleased, overwhelmed and thankful not only for the turnout but also for the generosity of our friends and alumni," said SIUE Director of Athletics Dr. Brad Hewitt. "I can't compliment the entire staff enough for their hard work in making this a success."

The Red & Black Gala, presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy, a National Law Firm, was a first-of-its-kind event for SIUE Athletics. The proceeds from the event will go directly to support scholarship needs and operating budgets.
Jennifer Hayes finishes her painting The gala, held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Collinsville-St. Louis, featured numerous live auction items and silent auction items. A total of $22,900 was generated off the live auction items donated by the Missouri Athletic Club, Mitch & Bob Meyers, Tom Gerdes and Southern Bus Tours, Craig & Jane Louer, BAM Marketing, Alan Grammer and Xtreme Green, Dutch Hauhe, Jennifer Hayes, and Brad Bohannon.
Between live auction, silent auction and fund the need donations, more than $67,000 was raised. Ticket sales and the generous sponsorships accounted for the rest of the incoming funds.
Major sponsors included:

Title sponsor Simmons Hanly Conroy, a National Law Firm

Silver Sponsors Commerce Bank and World Wide Technology

Bronze Sponsor Gori Julian & Associates

Red & Black Sponsor Scheffel Boyle, CPA

Friends of Cougar Athletics Sponsors Bank of Springfield and Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Hospitality; Food & Beverage Sponsors DoubleTree by Hilton Collinsville-St. Louis, Donnewald Distributing, Grey Eagle Distributing, Market Basket & Dark Horse Wines, Mike Shannon's Grill, Pepsi Co., and The Cup. 

Nearly 300 Cougar fans were in attendance. The formal event featured a number of speakers, including former SIUE tennis player and SIUE Athletics Hall of Famer Dion Joannou, long-time friend of the program and SIUE Athletics Hall of Famer John Simmons, Interim Chancellor Dr. Stephen Hansen as well as Hewitt. Current SIUE student-athlete Dustin Woodcock, who scored the winning run earlier in the day for SIUE baseball, spoke on behalf of all the current SIUE student-athletes.

"This was a great step forward for Cougar Athletics," added Hewitt.

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